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The Civil War, featuring the 'Ambassador' Collection continued...

Postmasters' Provisionals -- U.S. 3c Rates
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
54 c ImageJackson Miss., 3c Black entire (2AXU1). Mostly clear strike of U.S. rate Paid 3 Cts.” in circle handstamp with "Jackson Miss. Apr. 27" circular datestamp on Mississippi Secession Date Patriotic yellowish cover (FM-1) to Marion Miss., elaborate illustration in banner depicting riverboat and industry, titled "Mississippi Jan. 9, 1861", Hammond imprint, tear into cover at top right from opening but markings and design are unaffected

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE AND ATTRACTIVE CONFEDERATE MISSISSIPPI SECESSION PATRIOTIC COVER WITH THE JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI, U.S. 3-CENT RATE POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL MARKING.

This patriotic design commemorates the date Mississippi seceded from the Union. This is the only recorded example with the Jackson 3c provisional handstamp -- see lot 96 for the same design with the Jackson 5c C.S.A. rate provisional.

Ex Wishnietsky (illustrated in his Confederate Patriotic Covers and Their Usages on p. 91) and Kilbourne. The Jackson 3c provisional was recently listed as 2AXU1 in the Scott Catalogue, valued at $3,500.00 on an ordinary cover (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $2,000.00
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55 c ImageMadison Court House Fla., 3c Gold on Bluish (3AX1). Bottom right corner sheet margins, large left margin and ample at top, cancelled by "PAID" in oval, on buff cover to Thomas W. Thompson, Washington D.C., with dateline in same hand on clipped piece reading "Madison, Florida, Feb. 13, 1861", refolded around edges to improve appearance and stamp moved slightly from original position

EXTREMELY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE MADISON COURT HOUSE, FLORIDA, POSTMASTER'S 3-CENT PROVISIONAL STAMP USED ON COVER. AN EXTRAORDINARY 1861 PROVISIONAL WITH UNITED STATES RATE, USED FROM THE CONFEDERATE STATE OF FLORIDA TO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. THIS IS THE EARLIEST DATE OF ANY PROVISIONAL USED IN THE CONFEDERACY.

The Madison Court House Provisional has been the subject of three definitive articles by Patricia A. Kaufmann. The first appeared in the American Philatelist and the Confederate Philatelist. It can be found, with updates, at http://www.trishkaufmann.com/madison.php. Her most recent article, exhaustively tracing provenance of all known examples, is in the Confederate Philatelist No. 404, pp. 12-29. We commend both articles to bidders' attention.

Samuel J. Perry (1810-1898) was the pre-war U.S. Postmaster and Civil War Confederate Postmaster at Madison, Florida. His many years of military and public service included service in the Seminole Indian War, a judgeship of the county court of Madison, tax collector, election clerk and surveyor. At the age of 75, he was elected superintendent of education. Among his five children was eldest son William, who printed the Madison Postmaster's Provisionals as the editor and publisher of The Southern Messenger. Another son, Captain Thomas A. Perry, was a doctor who fought in the Civil War and was killed during the Battle of Seven Pines.

The Madison Provisional is one of seven issues that the Scott Catalogue now lists separately as "3c 1861 Postmasters' Provisionals". They are distinct from the 5c and 10c Confederate Provisionals in that the postmasters who issued the stamps were still technically under the control of the U.S. Post Office Department, and were remitting postal receipts to the Department (and were avoiding ordering new U.S. stamps in anticipation of a final change in administrative control of their offices). The 1861 Provisionals are all 3c adhesives or handstamps, reflecting the then-current U.S. letter rate. One of the recorded Madison Court House examples bears a manuscript "(P)aid in (Money)" in the handwriting of Postmaster Samuel J. Perry.

Only six examples of Scott 3AX1 are recorded, including four with the normal "CENTS" spelling (one is known only from an old photocopy at The Philatelic Foundation), the unique "CNETS" error offered in the following lot, and the only recorded on-cover example, offered here. There is also the unique Madison 5c Provisional press-printed entire, listed in the regular C.S.A. Provisional section (137XU1, see Sale 1153, lot 2095). This unique cover with the Madison 3c provisional, and its dated contents -- February 13, 1861 -- place it within nine days of the formation of the seven original Confederate States, which included Florida. It is the earliest of all Postmasters' Provisionals used in the Confederate States.

Ex Dr. Gaius M. Brumbaugh (who discovered the cover), Avery, Duveen, Hind, Caspary, Kaufmann, Gross and Dr. Briggs. Small "W.H.C." mark of Warren H. Colson at lower right. With 1996 C.S.A. certificate. (Image)

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$ 120,000.00

SOLD for $55,000.00
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56   ImageMadison Court House Fla., 3c Gold on Bluish, "CNETS" Error (3AX1a). Margins touching border ornaments, cancelled by "Madison C.H. Flo." circular datestamp

SOUND AND FINE. THIS IS THE FIRST MADISON COURT HOUSE, FLORIDA, POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL FOUND AND IT REMAINS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE WITH THE "CNETS" SPELLING ERROR -- ARGUABLY ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT PHILATELIC VARIETIES IN CONFEDERATE PHILATELY.

The Madison Court House Provisional has been the subject of three definitive articles by Patricia A. Kaufmann. The first appeared in the American Philatelist and the Confederate Philatelist. It can be found, with updates, at http://www.trishkaufmann.com/madison.php. Her most recent article, exhaustively tracing provenance of all known examples, is in the Confederate Philatelist No. 404, pp. 12-29. We commend both articles to bidders' attention.

Samuel J. Perry (1810-1898) was the pre-war U.S. Postmaster and Civil War Confederate Postmaster at Madison, Florida. His many years of military and public service included service in the Seminole Indian War, a judgeship of the county court of Madison, tax collector, election clerk and surveyor. At the age of 75, he was elected superintendent of education. Among his five children was eldest son William, who printed the Madison Postmaster's Provisionals as the editor and publisher of The Southern Messenger. Another son, Captain Thomas A. Perry, was a doctor who fought in the Civil War and was killed during the Battle of Seven Pines.

The Madison Provisional is one of seven issues that the Scott Catalogue now lists separately as "3c 1861 Postmasters' Provisionals". They are distinct from the 5c and 10c Confederate Provisionals in that the postmasters who issued the stamps were still technically under the control of the U.S. Post Office Department, and were remitting postal receipts to the Department (and were avoiding ordering new U.S. stamps in anticipation of a final change in administrative control of their offices). The 1861 Provisionals are all 3c adhesives or handstamps, reflecting the then-current U.S. letter rate. One of the recorded Madison Court House examples bears a manuscript "(P)aid in (Money)" in the handwriting of Postmaster Samuel J. Perry.

Only six examples of Scott 3AX1 are recorded, including four off-cover stamps with the normal "CENTS" spelling (one is known only from an old photocopy at The Philatelic Foundation), the unique "CNETS" error offered here, and the only recorded on-cover example, offered in the previous lot. There is also the unique Madison 5c Provisional press-printed entire, listed in the regular C.S.A. Provisional section (137XU1, see Sale 1153, lot 2095).

Ex John Walter Scott, James W. Paul, Judge Philbrick, Ferrary, Moody, Lapham, Kaufmann and Dr. Briggs. Small "W.H.C." mark of Warren H. Colson on back. With 1996 C.S.A. certificate. (Image)

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$ 22,500.00

SOLD for $11,500.00
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57 c ImageTuscumbia Ala., United States 3c Rate, Red on Manila entire (6AXU1; formerly 12XU1). Handstamped provisional in upper right corner of manila entire to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, prepared by the Tuscumbia postmaster as a provisional but used while United States 3c 1857 Issue stamps were still valid and available, 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) originally tied over provisional by "Tuscumbia Ala. May 20" (1861) circular datestamp, lifted and moved to the left, stamp with minor creases

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF FEWER THAN TEN RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE TUSCUMBIA 3-CENT PROVISIONAL, ISSUED PRIOR TO ADOPTION OF NEW CONFEDERATE RATES. A WONDERFUL POSTAL HISTORY RARITY FROM THE TIME OF TRANSITION FROM U.S. TO CONFEDERATE CONTROL OF SOUTHERN POST OFFICES.

The Tuscumbia Postmaster's Provisional is one of seven adhesive stamps or entires the Scott Catalogue now lists separately as "3c 1861 Postmasters' Provisionals." They are distinct from the 5c and 10c Confederate provisionals in that the postmasters who issued the stamps were still technically under the control of the U.S. Post Office Department, and were remitting postal receipts to the federal government. In some cases, postmasters avoided ordering new U.S. stamps in anticipation of a final change in administrative control of their offices. The 1861 provisionals are all 3c adhesives or handstamped entires, reflecting the then-current U.S. letter rate. The Tuscumbia entires were handstamped as 3c provisionals, but the postmaster evidently received (or had) a supply of U.S. stamps, as most of the few known examples bear the 3c 1857 Issue.

Ex Col. Green, Caspary, Weill and Kilbourne. With 1989 P.F. certificate as 12XU1, when the Tuscumbia 3c provisional was listed with other U.S. 1845 postmasters' provisionals. The certificate states "Genuine but not a provisional usage" (which is true for every known example of the Tuscumbia 3c). Scott value $17,000.00 (Image)

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E. $ 7,500-10,000

SOLD for $35,000.00
Will close during Public Auction

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